Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  12 August 1988 (USA)
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The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders Johnson ...
Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
Marshall Bell ...
Peter Donat ...
Otto Kerner
Dean Goodman ...
Bennington / Drew Pearson's Voice
John X. Heart ...
Ferguson's Agent


Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory. The whole movie also has many parallels with director Coppola's own efforts to build a new movie studio of his own. Written by Reid Gagle

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When they tried to buy him, he refused. When they tried to bully him, he resisted. When they tried to break him, he became an American legend. The true story of Preston Tucker.


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)


$19,652,638 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Of the 51 Tuckers ever made, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola each own two. See more »


Throughout the film, water coolers are seen with molded plastic bottles atop them. Molded plastic for water cooler bottles weren't available for until years later. See more »


Abe: [to Tucker] ... When I was a little kid, maybe five years old, in the old country, my mother used to say to me; she'd warn me, she'd say, 'Don't get too close to people. You'll catch their dreams... '... Years later, I realized I misunderstood her... 'Germs', she said, not 'dreams', 'You'll catch their *germs*'...
[they both laugh]
Abe: I want you to know something, Tucker. I went into business with you for one reason - to make money. That's all... How was I to know...
[chokes up, head down]
Abe: ... if I ...
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This is one not to be missed.
21 May 2001 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Thus is a superb movie. Firstly, the story line is just great. The true story of a man who fights against all the odds to realize his dream. Secondly, it's hard to imagine a better cast. They do an extraordinary job in bringing to life all the wonderful characters involved. Jeff Bridges is perfect as Tucker, and Landau is brilliant as the money man. But what really makes this work, is the way Tucker's undying spirit is brought out. He seems to lose the battle of making cars, but wins the ultimate battle of fulfilling himself and keeping his integrity. {"They're only machines, the idea's the important thing."] Over the years, I have collected many hundreds of movies, but this one has to be in the top ten. By the way, I just loved the music sound track. Very 40's.

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